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Two new stations mooted at Old Oak

Hythe Road station

Two extra stations could be built at the Old Oak Common site after Transport for London (TfL) announced a new consultation.

In 2026 a £70M new station will open at Old Oak Common, the only place to have an interchange between High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail, which will be known as the Elizabeth Line.

In July New Civil Engineer revealed that Arup, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and WSP had all pre-qualified for the HS2 station at Old Oak Common.

Now TfL has opened a consultation on plans for two London Overground stations at the site, which would improve local connections to the major rail interchange.

The first would be Hythe Road station, set about 700m from the HS2 and Elizabeth Line station. It would include a new station and railway viaduct with the removal of an existing embankment.

A second, Old Oak Common Lane station, would be 350m to the west of the station. Under the plans there would be a new station with an elevated ticket hall and concourse, which would include potential for a bridge.

Both have been co-financed by the European Commission and are designed by Fereday Pollard Architects on behalf of Arcadis.

“These two potential new London Overground stations would improve connectivity to HS2 and support the regeneration at Old Oak and Park Royal,” said TfL director for city planning Alex Williams.

“Delivering these would further build on the regeneration benefits of HS2 and the Elizabeth line and would help support new homes, jobs and opportunities for thousands of Londoners.”

Meanwhile TfL has successfully tested a new signalling system on four London Underground lines, which will increase capacity across the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines by 33%.

Upgrades by Thales to the current signalling system will allow an increase in the number of trains can run per hour. Signalling on the Victoria Line has recently undergone major improvements.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Peter Mynors

    The Overground stations being proposed are better than nothing, but fall a long way short of the strategy proposed in the Mayor's Transport Strategy, figure 29. This shows a Clapham Junction - style interchange between the HS2/Elizabeth Line and north-south services at Old Oak. With the current proposals long walks will be required to the separate Overground stations.
    As a minimum, the start date for the feasibility study for the Hounslow-Old Oak link should be brought forward, so that the possibility of incorporating platforms within the HS2/Elizabeth Line station to serve trains from Hounslow can be properly investigated.
    The HS2 station at Old Oak needs to be future-proofed, by carrying out sufficient feasibility work now on orbital connections, before the new station design is frozen. This should include consideration of an Old Oak to Gatwick service, using the existing link through Clapham Junction. You report (NCE 1 October 2017 page 14) that HS2 will be making their Euston proposal ready for Crossrail 2, by just knocking through a wall - why not the same approach at Old Oak?

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